Baker: New England Must Sacrifice to Lower Costs

via RTOInsider

BOSTON — New England’s states may have to set aside their self-interests to overcome high energy prices that are slowing the region’s economy, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told the 2015 ISO-NE Regional Plan meeting on Thursday.

The first-term Republican said the region’s competitive advantages are at risk, citing a “sense of desperation” among his fellow governors over energy costs.
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Charlie Baker Seeks Aggressive Steps To Address High Power Costs

via BostonGlobe, 9/11/15

Governor Charlie Baker attended power grid overseer ISO New England’s meeting in Boston on Thursday to make the case for his administration’s efforts to bring more electricity and natural gas into the state.

Baker said aggressive steps need to be taken to address the high costs of power in Massachusetts, a problem that constituents regularly raise with him. A report released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said Massachusetts industrial customers pay the third-highest electric rates in the country, after Hawaii’s and Alaska’s.

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Clean Energy Transmission For New England

By Ed Krapels, founder and director of Anbaric

(originally appears in MASSterlist, 09/09/15)

As ISO New England meets today to review our region’s energy needs, last winter might seem a distant memory. But for the agency responsible for literally keeping our lights on—and our iPhones charged and machine shops humming—it is a key moment.

Despite the record-setting snowfall in 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that “2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880…Including 2014, nine of the 10 warmest years in the 135-year period of record have occurred in the 21st century.”

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Company Proposes $200 Million Power Project

via PressRepublican, 09.04.15

PLATTSBURGH — A Massachusetts energy company is proposing a $200 million transmission project for the North Country.

Known as the Vermont Green Line, it would deliver renewable energy from new wind farms in the northern part of Clinton and Franklin counties through an underwater cable on the bottom of Lake Champlain to southern New England.

“This region has great potential for wind farms, and there is a market for this energy in New England, and we want to be part of that,” Bryan Sanderson, senior vice president of Anbaric, an energy company out of Wakefield, Mass., told the Press-Republican.

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